Rep. Omar New Vice Chair of House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa

February 11, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was named Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights. This subcommittee has jurisdiction over disaster assistance; upholding and protecting human rights; and oversight of international health issues, maternal health and child survival, the American Red Cross, the Peace Corps, and regional lending institutions.  

Rep. Omar previously served as a member on the subcommittee during the 116th Congress.  

“Upholding basic human rights around the world is a core priority for me and the Fifth District of Minnesota,” said Rep. Omar. “When we prioritize endless war and conflict over protecting and investing in our communities here at home, we all suffer. As someone who represents a large African diaspora community and the first African-born immigrant to serve in Congress, I am particularly excited to play a leadership role in overseeing our international aid and foreign policy on the continent. Amidst a global pandemic that devastated people’s livelihoods everywhere, it is important to make sure that the most vulnerable in Minnesota and around the world are getting access to much-needed aid and medicine.”